This post is more of a crafty update to what I’ve been doing but I hope you can find some inspiration in it too!. Just lately I’ve been lucky enough to get back into watercolour painting…
I used to do a lot of painting years ago so it’s been just wonderful to get back into it. I had forgotten what a joy it is to just sit and paint. There’s never an excuse needed to do some creative watercolour painting or any crafty activity for that matter, but this I especially enjoyed.
It’s all too easy to spend waaaay too much time on Pinterest. However when the creative juices are flowing and I’ve got an idea, I’m actually quite focussed on finding inspiration for my projects. There is no shortage of incredible and lovely things all over pinterest. Finding inspiration and ideas was so easy for these watercolour paintings.
Creative Watercolour Painting & Experimentation!
I knew that I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. This wasn’t going to be your conventional watercolour painting. When I get back into something after a while of not doing it, I like to try my hand at something new. I really like this rainbow colour blend spatter style. It takes a form of something ordinary, such as our bunny friend here, and gives it a new vibrant lease of life.
This style of watercolour painting was less about perfection and more about creativity and fun! With the right watercolour paper you almost let the colours dictate the style. You can apply the paint in a more flippant way and let the colours do their own thing almost. It was great to experiment.
Bunnies, Giraffes & Cars
Originally I bought myself a large A2 canvas to do a painting for my own fun and enjoyment. I shared this on my own facebook page and within 2 weeks I had so many comments about it and I was even asked to do two paid pieces off the back of it!
My giraffe painting was the one I did for my own enjoyment, it now hangs proudly in my hallway so we all get to see it every day 🙂
Sketching on Canvas
Because this was an A2 canvas I had to print the giraffe in sections and then transfer this accurately to my A2 canvas. This was the main challenge. My husband helped me to scale the giraffe picture I found using Adobe Illustrator. I could then print the sections at a true scale for transfer to the canvas.
The main thing with this project was to have fun and enjoy myself. There are no rights or wrongs with this type of thing which is most important. I didn’t tie myself into using select colours, I just knew that I wanted an exciting rainbow of colours that makes you smile. Here you can see my little giraffe taking shape and slowly coming to life.
Here’s my little giraffe almost finished. She’s so pretty 🙂 I let the colours dictate where I should go and how much paint I needed. For the dripping effect I use a little more water than needed and applied it to the canvas flat. I then used a straw to blow the paint in the desired direction to achieve this dripping effect!
Watercolour Birthday Gift Beetle
I was also asked if I could take this style and apply it to a car. This was a birthday gift for a friends wife. I translated a photo of our friends wife’s first car into this watercolour painting 🙂 They’ve hung it up in their home, it made for a great birthday gift with meaning.
I hope you enjoy some of the pictures of my process.
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